For those of you want a peek at the “Independence Day” sequel “Resurgence,” set for June 2016, check it out. This time the movie does not star Will Smith, but Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox and Brent Spiner are back in this rebuilt world after the apocalypse of 1996, along with newbies Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Angelababy, William Fichtner, and Sela Ward. But aliens are threatening again.
When Smith decided not to sign on to the highly anticipated sequel, Time reports, his character’s death in a 2007 test flight was included in the new film’s story—and in the promotional website set up by 20th Century Fox to explain the fictional “War of 1996” for viewers too young (or perhaps too old) to remember the plot of the original. Twenty years is a long time, after all.